City of Shelbyville, IN – Contractor License Bond

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Who needs a contractor bond in Shelbyville, Indiana?

Building contractors may need a contractor license bond to work in Shelbyville, Indiana. City ordinances define a building contractor as “anyone engaging for remuneration in the building construction business of new construction, demolition of a structure(s), repair and alteration or remodeling for which a building permit is required.”

One exception does exist. Licensing and bonding are not required when a homeowner is performing work on the house they own and live in. However, they must obtain a permit for the project.

To learn about state-specific requirements, you can visit our Indiana contractor license bond page or give us a call at (888) 435-4191. We’re happy to answer any bond-related questions you have! We can also walk you through the entire bonding process over the phone.

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How does a contractor license bond work?

The City of Shelbyville invests in protecting its public by ensuring safe construction practices in the area. It can achieve this by requiring contractors to obtain bonds – agreements to operate ethically and legally and complete projects according to contracts.

If a contractor’s work leads to structural damage or personal injury, the harmed party may file a claim. The surety bond agreement provides quick resolution to the problem via financial assistance. The surety may cover the costs to settle the claim upfront, but the contractor must repay them in full later.

Licensing and Bonding Requirements

The City of Shelbyville Building Commission oversees local construction projects. To apply for a contractor’s license in Shelbyville, applicants only need four documents:

  • Application form
  • $50 registration fee
  • Certificate of general liability insurance
  • $10,000 surety bond

You must secure your surety bond before submitting your license application. Generally, bonds are issued for one-year terms and must be renewed annually. While the bond amount is $10,000, contractors can often secure this bond for just $100.

If you’re confused about any part of the bonding process, call us at (888) 435-4191. Our friendly agents are ready to walk you through the process step-by-step!

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